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UNATU Calls Off Teachers Strike

UNATU Leaders During The Previous Meeting

Teachers under Uganda National Teachers’ Union-UNATU have agreed to call off the teachers’ strike, a report by the Independent News Agency.

The decision was taken on Monday evening after a meeting between UNATU leaders and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

During the meeting, UNATU presented their case but the President told the teachers that the government has already provided a position and it will not reverse it.

President Museveni who was accompanied by Education Minister Janet Museveni said that the government acknowledges the salary issues raised by the teachers and other workers; the army, and Police officers, who are equally important to the growth and development of this country.

On June 15, teachers laid down tools and refused to return to the classroom in a quest for salary enhancement, with equity and harmonization across the board.

The strike resulted from the government’s decision to increase the pay for science teachers nearly by 300 per cent in disregard of their colleagues in arts and humanities.

The increment saw the government increase the pay for graduate and grade V science teachers to 4 million Shilling and 3 million Shillings up from 1.1 million Shillings and 796,000 Shillings respectively.

Filbert Baguma, UNATU Secretary-General, however noted that, the ongoing engagement with the government will determine how long the suspension will take and when the strike will be indefinitely called off.

With the strike suspended, teachers are expected to return to classes effective Tuesday.

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